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Getting schools growing for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)

We are encouraging and helping schoolchildren to take up gardening and growing plants, thanks to our Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey initiative.

Children from more than 350 schools across the UK are busy growing flowers, fruit and vegetables for two Miracle-Gro’wers gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the gardens will have a patriotic red, white and blue theme.

Pupils from Newick Church of England Primary School start their Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey

The gardens, part of The Sun newspaper’s Generation Gardens organised by The Sun’s gardening correspondent, Peter Seabrook, will be seen in the Great Pavilion at Chelsea. The Miracle-Gro’wers Flower Garden and the Miracle-Gro’wers Vegetable and Fruit Garden will feature a huge variety of plants grown solely by these green-fingered gardeners, with help from composts and plant foods supplied by us.

This year, Scotts Miracle-Gro has further increased its sponsorship and support of the schools and the schoolchildren, following the success of the two Miracle-Gro’wers gardens at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show – both of which won prestigious RHS Silver-Gilt Medals.

Patriotic plants and gardeners

The red, white and blue plants will include, among others, Fanfare petunias, Garvinea gerberas, sweet peas, blue delphiniums, white lilies and blue lobelia. There will even be patriotic vegetables: potatoes, carrots and climbing French beans in red white and blue, carrots Purple Haze and Harlequin, radish Scarlet Globe, Ping Pong and Amethyst. The petunias will be used to create a 2×3m (6.5×10ft) Union Jack flag that will hang on the wall behind the gardens.

Find out more about the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey initiative at

Miracle-Gro’wers at Chelsea

If you’re going to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22nd-26th May), then don’t forget to come along to see the gardens and give the children your encouragement. And we have a pair of Chelsea tickets in this month’s competition – see details on the top right of this page.


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